Monday, 2 September 2013
Rockpools and reverence
"If we perceived Life with reverence... we would stand in awe at the experience of physical life and walk the Earth in a very deep sense of gratitude."
('The Seat of the Soul', Gary Zukav.)
The most beautiful August morning. Already warm, the dome of a clear blue sky above us, white cliffs behind us and sand, pebbles and rockpools all around. She grabbed her bucket and ran to the shore. So eager to explore those rockpools, in search of treasure. We found some too, a starfish, which she handled and gazed at for the longest time.
She has 'reverence' for Life in abundance. It comes so naturally to her. It is quite something to witness. She stood 'in awe at the experience of physical life'. I don't know if she yet walks the Earth 'in a very deep sense of gratitude', I hope she will one day. I know that I sat there on that beach and watched her, utterly content, and immersed in the natural surroundings. I watched her pick up pebbles, swirl the water in a rockpool looking for creatures, she was so alive and present.
I try to walk the Earth in a very deep sense of gratitude. For mornings like this one, for this daughter of mine, for all of my many blessings. For a few quiet moments on a beach, with the sun on my face and a few deep breaths, observing this child. Sometimes the experiences of this physical life are just so beautiful, if I take the time to be still and witness them.